The Reynoldsburg Board of Education approved a recommendation by Superintendent Steve Dackin Tuesday, June 16, to name high school social studies teacher Tom Lanier as RHS assistant principal, effective Aug. 1.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education approved a recommendation by Superintendent Steve Dackin Tuesday, June 16, to name high school social studies teacher Tom Lanier as RHS assistant principal, effective Aug. 1.

Lanier succeeds Erica Dodson, who accepted a job as assistant principal at Dublin Scioto High School.

Lanier's starting salary as assistant principal will be $84,327.

Dackin said the caveat to having Lanier take over as assistant principal is that his job as a social studies teacher will not be filled.

"We are delighted to have Tom serve as assistant principal. He's an outstanding teacher and he's going to be a fine addition to the administrative staff at the high school," Dackin said.

Lanier, 41, lives in Pickerington with his wife, Ann, who will begin teaching first grade at Pickerington's new Tollgate Elementary School beginning this fall.

They are raising four boys, all of whom attend Pickerington schools: Sean, a sophomore; Brian, in eighth grade; Matthew, in fifth grade; and Kevin, in fourth grade.

Lanier graduated from Westerville South High School in 1985 and attended Capital University, receiving a degree in political science and accounting in 1989.

He worked in the private sector briefly before attending Ohio Dominican College, where he earned his teaching certificate in 1992. He was hired soon after to teach social studies at Reynoldsburg High School.

Lanier said what spurred him toward teaching was his involvement in playing basketball while in high school and at Capital. He was an assistant basketball coach while attending Ohio Dominican College and at Capital and also coached girls basketball at Reynoldsburg High School for a couple of years.

For the last several years, he has been the boys basketball travel director for Pickerington schools.

"As a student at Capital, I kept going back and forth with teaching and ended up going down the private-sector route, but I quickly realized I wanted to go back and be a teacher and a coach," Lanier said.

Lanier said he was first hired in 1992 to teach social studies by then-principal Dan Hoffman, who is now the district's assistant superintendent.

As for his new role as assistant principal, Lanier said he is excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve in that capacity.

"I am extremely grateful to Superintendent Dackin, Dr. Hoffman and the board for their support in moving me to this position and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the administrative team led by Ed Johnson at the high school," he said.

"One of the advantages I have is that I've been at the high school a long time and I can hit the ground running in terms of relationships with the kids and the other teachers," Lanier said. "It's been a pleasure to have been here this long and it gives you some experiences that other people may not have.

"There will be new challenges that I'll face and I'm thankful I have the experience that will help me with those challenges that are coming, for sure," he said.

"Hopefully, I'll be fitting in with the administrative team and continuing to build the relationships you need to be successful."